Planning Department Description
Administer and oversee growth management and development activities of the Town in a comprehensive manner, providing short-term regulatory oversight and long-term strategic planning to ensure that future growth is consistent with the desires of the residents. Provide technical and administrative support to the Planning Board to assist them in carrying out their statutory charge of acting on Subdivision and Approval Not Required (ANR) Plans, Scenic Road Tree Hearings, and any other activities required by State and Local Bylaws. Assist applicants with the local development review process. Assist the Planning Board in the development, maintenance, and implementation of the Orleans Comprehensive Plan. Provide assistance to various boards and committees on issues related to land use planning. Maintain the Town's Geographic Information System (GIS).
- When are Site Plan Applications due?
7 copies of the Site Plan Review Committee application and all plans and descriptions are due in the Planning Department by noon on Wednesday the week before the review meeting.
- Where can I obtain a copy of the Orleans Zoning Bylaws and/or Subdivision Rules and Regulations?
You can view and print the documents from the Zoning Bylaws and Regulations page. Hard copies are available in the Planning Department for a fee.
- Where can I get a plan of my property?
Subdivision plan files are maintained in the Planning Department and can be viewed from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. You can view your property online via the GIS Mapping page.
- Where can I view the FEMA Flood Maps?
Paper copies of the Federal Environmental Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Maps are located in the Planning Department at the Orleans Town Hall. They can also be seen on the Flood Mapping page.
- What are the minimum lot size and frontage requirements in the Residential District?
The minimum lot size in the Residential District is 40,000 square feet, with a minimum road frontage of 150 square feet. The front, side and rear setbacks are 25 feet, and the maximum building height is 30 feet.
- Where can I buy a copy of the Orleans Zoning By-Laws?
You can buy a copy of the Orleans Zoning By-Laws at the Town Hall in the Planning Department or at the Town Clerk's Office for a cost of $20, which includes an 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch copy of the Orleans Zoning Map. If you want to buy a large 34-inch by 44-inch sized zoning map, the cost is $20 and can be ordered through the Planning Department.
You can also find the information online at General Code Publishers. Search for Chapter 164 to find the appropriate section.
- When does the Site Plan Review Committee meet?
The Site Plan Review Committee meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 10 am in the Skaket Meeting Room at the Orleans Town Hall. In order to get on the Site Plan Review Committee agenda, you must bring 7 copies of your application and corresponding plans to the Planning Department by noon on the Wednesday before the Site Plan Review Committee meeting at which you wish to present your application.
- When does the Planning Board meet?
The Planning Board meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7 pm in the Nauset Meeting Room at the Orleans Town Hall. In order to get on the Planning Board agenda, you must have all of the required copies of the documents and plan for your project to the Planning Department by noon on the Wednesday before the Planning Board meeting at which you wish to present your application.